SSL Certificates Explained
SSL certificates are used to create an encrypted channel between the client and the server. This helps to keep sensitive information private (ie. credit card data or passwords).
For those of you who don’t know, SSL stands for secure sockets layer and when you purchase one of these certificates for your website it allows you to enable https.
Having an SSL protected website has also become more important than ever because in some instances Google Chrome might tell users that your website is unsafe.
It is also common knowledge that adding an SSL certificate to your website is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your overall SEO.
Even though these handy certificates will improve your SEO, they also serve a greater purpose and that is to protect you and your users from cyber criminals stealing sensitive data.
Types of SSL Certificates
When people think of SSL certificates there are usually three that come to mind; however, we will actually be discussing four.
Standard SSL Certificate – A standard SSL certificate will make a website https secure. These are good for blogs, business websites, and e-commerce stores.
OV SSL Certificate – An OV SSL Certificate just confirms the existence of an organization and organizations who want this type of SSL certificate must undergo a validation process.
EV SSL Certificate – Extended Validation certificates enable websites to have a green bar by their name and require a rigorous varification process.
Self Signed Certificate – Technically speaking, a self signed certificate is any certificate not authorized by the certificate authority (CA). These certificates are usually free; however, they do not provide the security benefits of a standard SSL and some browsers may still tell users that your website is insecure when they visit.
It is recommended that you avoid using these on your own website at all costs because of the lack of security.